For any one accustomed to “Star Wars,” Obi-Wan Kenobi calls for no creation.
Debuting in 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” Obi-Wan (performed via Alec Guinness) is a former normal and Jedi grasp dwelling in solitude at the faraway wilderness planet of Tatooine. When farm boy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) brings him a droid with a message from the Rebellion’s Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), it kicks off the journey that launches the franchise.
It used to be now not till years later that Obi-Wan’s backstory used to be expanded. The prequel trilogy, beginning with 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” follows a more youthful Obi-Wan, performed via Ewan McGregor, as he rises throughout the ranks from a Jedi padawan apprentice to knight and sooner or later grasp after assembly his eventual student Anakin Skywalker.
A restricted sequence launching Friday on Disney+, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” sees McGregor go back to the function for the primary time since 2005’s “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” Written via Joby Harold and directed via Deborah Chow, the six-episode sequence alternatives up 10 years after the autumn of the Republic and Jedi Order in “Revenge of the Sith,” as Obi-Wan, in hiding, watches over younger Luke from afar.
“You got here out of the unique [‘Star Wars’] trilogy considering of Obi-Wan as this avuncular, sensible outdated guy [who’s] affected person and lets you make the errors it’s important to make to change into the individual you want to be,” Harold informed The Times in a up to date video name. But McGregor within the prequels is “all of the issues that you simply don’t have imagined Obi-Wan may just had been”: “Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan is the completed article. It takes a very long time to get to that.”
For Harold, a part of the joy of the Disney+ sequence used to be exploring what can have took place between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope” for McGregor’s model of the nature to change into the model embodied via Guinness.
While specifics about “Obi-Wan Kenobi” are scarce upfront of the premiere, Harold defined that the sequence follows the nature at a time wherein the occasions of “Revenge of the Sith” are in the back of him — however “nonetheless with him and nonetheless hang-out him.”
McGregor himself famous all through the Lucasfilm presentation at Star Wars Celebration on Thursday that there gave the impression to be no love for the prequel motion pictures on the time in their unlock. But enthusiasm for the sequence is top, as indicated via the target market’s raucous applause and raised lightsabers for McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who returns as Darth Vader for the sequence, as they stood in combination onstage within the Anaheim Convention Center’s enviornment.
Harold additionally teased that “there are little moments inside the display the place you get to revel in the truth that Ewan is enjoying this persona.”
“We get to position him in puts and moments the place we problem and rigidity take a look at the Jedi to determine the place he’s in his adventure,” stated Harold. “I sought after to look him cross a little bit tough and tumble in a hall and throw some other folks round and shoot a blaster and do issues that weren’t simply ‘Jedi Knight.’”
Obi-Wan’s tale thus far
When audiences first meet McGregor’s Obi-Wan in “The Phantom Menace,” he’s the padawan apprentice of Qui-Gon Jinn, an unconventional Jedi grasp. An sudden detour all through a project brings them to Tatooine, the place they meet the younger, exceptionally Force-sensitive Anakin Skywalker.
Though first of all unconvinced via his grasp’s insistence that Anakin is prophesied to convey steadiness to the Force, Obi-Wan overcomes his hesitation to meet Qui-Gon’s loss of life want of coaching the boy as a Jedi.
Obi-Wan rises up the ranks till he’s a Jedi grasp and a member of the Jedi Council. He served as a normal within the Republic Army all through the Clone Wars along different Jedi and clone squaddies.
Unbeknownst to Obi-Wan, Anakin, who has additionally risen up the Jedi ranks, is slowly drawn into the darkish aspect via Chancellor Palpatine, a political candidate who’s secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
Obi-Wan learns of his former apprentice’s defection after Palpatine problems Order 66, which reasons the clone soldiers to show at the Jedi to wipe them out. After confronting Anakin, Obi-Wan defeats him in fight and leaves him for useless.
One of the few surviving Jedi, Obi-Wan is going into hiding on Tatooine, the place he can watch over Anakin and Padmé Amidala’s son, Luke, who he has left within the care of Anakin’s stepbrother.
The Vader of all of it
Anakin isn’t useless, regardless that. He used to be stored via Palpatine and given new prosthetic limbs, in addition to a gloomy swimsuit of armor that is helping stay him alive. Now referred to as the Darth Vader, the nature’s shadow is felt around the sequence.
According to Harold, “You can’t inform the tale of Obi-Wan Kenobi with out acknowledging the tale of Anakin Skywalker.”
Obi-Wan “used to be charged with the accountability of doing one thing moderately profound when he most certainly wasn’t in a position for it,” stated Harold. “How do you raise the burden of [that] accountability going ahead while you uncover the depths of the end result of your screw ups?”
Because it’s set in a distinct technology than the opposite live-action “Star Wars” sequence comparable to “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” chances are high that narrow that Grogu will make a wonder look in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” But anything else is imaginable.
It has already been established that some characters from the animated “Star Wars Rebels” shall be enjoying a component within the restricted Obi-Wan sequence. This contains the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) and the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang), who together with new persona Reva (Moses Ingram) are Force-wielding darkish aspect warriors tasked with removing any surviving Jedi Knights.
Obi-Wan additionally has quite a lot of historical past with “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” characters comparable to Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze who’ve already gave the impression in different live-action “Star Wars” presentations. While any crossover turns out not going, audience will simply have to attend and spot if every other acquainted faces seem in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
When: Any time, beginning Friday
Rating: TV-14 (could also be improper for youngsters below the age of 14)